Swing into Fall!

Summer may not have fully arrived, but it’s time to start thinking about fall! As depressing as that may seem, fall also means some great food, beer and cocktail events—which is never a bad thing! Fountainhead, Bread & Wine, Bar on Buena and Katherine Anne Confections are planning some awesome events to help you get into the new season.

Celebrate what’s left of summer & the start of fall with the fun events listed below!

Sumerian Beer Dinner with Great Lakes Brewing at Fountainhead

Fountainhead, a well-known craft beer and whisk(e)y bar in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, is excited to host a Sumerian Beer Dinner with Great Lakes Brewing Company (GLBC). This historic beer dinner is 4,000 years in the making. For the past year, GLBC brewers and archaeologists at the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute have attempted to create an authentic version of an ancient Sumerian ale without the aid of modern brewing equipment.

GLBC & Chef Cleetus Friedman, executive chef at Fountainhead, will come together to present this Sumerian beer at an educational and interactive event. Ticket-holders will gain admission to a VIP reception on Fountainhead’s rooftop, where GLBC co-owner Patrick Conway and Oriental Institute archaeologist Tate Paulette will give a lecture on their Sumerian beer project. Following the lecture, guests will enjoy a family-style, Sumerian-inspired feast prepared by Chef Cleetus. A Q&A session will follow the dinner and guests will have the opportunity to view the ceramic vessels and tools utilized in the brewing process.

$61.23 for general admission, Oriental Institute members: $51.23. Click here for tickets.

Ticket price includes:

  • Admission to Fountainhead’s rooftop reception
  • Samples of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s family of beers
  • Samples of Great Lakes Brewing Company’s Sumerian beer
  • A Sumerian-inspired feast, served family-style
  • An informative presentation on the Sumerian beer project, given by Patrick Conway and Tate Paulette, followed by a Q&A session

Fountainhead Chicago

1970 W. Montrose Ave.

Chicago, IL

Beer Tasting Fundraiser at Bar on Buena

Thursday, September 5th

The Bar on Buena, a neighborhood bar with a great beer selection, fun food and an inviting atmosphere, is excited to host the 6th Annual Beer, Spirits and BBQ Tasting to benefit the Women’s Health Initiative at Swedish Covenant Hospital. Guests will enjoy tastings from nearly 40 craft, import and spirit brands poured by the experts! Appetizers will be provided by Johnny Van Smokehouse and The Bar on Buena.

The Menus:

Johnny Van Smokehouse: Wings, Ribs, Pulled Pork Sliders and Armadillo Eggs

The Bar on Buena: Red Pepper Hummus, Crudite and Mini Grilled Cheese

There will also be a raffle for a chance to win beer related merchandise, rare beers, glassware, gift certificates & much more! All proceeds from this event will go towards the Women’s Health Initiative.

$40 per person includes tastings. This event will sell out, so sign up now! To register, click here. For more information, check out the Facebook Event Page.

Bar on Buena

910 W. Buena

Chicago, IL


Truffle Making Party at Katherine Anne Confections

Tuesday, September 10th

6:30 p.m.

Summer is coming to a close—but what better way to celebrate the arrival of a new season than with chocolate?! Katherine Duncan, founder and confectionista of Katherine Anne Confections, a locally-focused chocolatier, will be hosting a September Truffle Making Party—perfect timing to make delicious treats for fall!

Katherine opens her kitchen and recipe book to the public as she demystifies the art of making truffles. This event is the perfect (and delicious) opportunities to get into spirit of the new season and create treats to share with your family and friends (or not!).

$55 a person. Reservations are required and space is limited, so sign up today! http://www.katherine-anne.com/parties

Katherine Anne Confections

2745 W. Armitage

Chicago, IL 60647

Cocktail Dinner at Bread & Wine

Wednesday, September 11th

6:30 p.m. Cocktail Hour & 7 p.m. Dinner   

Bread & Wine, the neighborhood American restaurant, wine bar and market on Chicago’s Northwest Side, is excited to partner with North Shore Distillery, featuring award-winning, small-batch, handmade products designed for the true spirit connoisseur using the finest ingredients and the most advanced distillers’ techniques, for a delicious cocktail dinner! Executive chef Michael Dean Reynolds has created a 5-course meal to pair with the amazing cocktails featuring North Shore Spirits. The cocktails have been created as a collaboration of Bread & Wine and North Shore Distillery.

The restaurant will be open for regular dinner service before, during and after the 20-seat only cocktail dinner. $65, tax & tip not included. Reservations are required.

Reserve your spot by calling 773-866-5266 or email [email protected] 

Bread & Wine

3732 W. Irving Park Rd

Chicago, IL


Early Bird Ticket Price Available for Cooking Up a Cure

Now through September 30th

Chicago’s top chefs are teaming up for Cooking Up a Cure, a culinary all-star dining event, to support the Chicago area chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation and promote continued research into a cure for the disease. This delicious event will be chaired for the fifth time by Cleetus Friedman, executive chef of Fountainhead, and will be held at Salvage One.

The event will provide guests an opportunity to sample some of the best food and drink in Chicago, view the hidden treasures at Salvage One and bid on some amazing auction items—all for a great cause. Chicago’s top chefs and restaurants will be featured in a fun evening for a great cause: avec, BellyQ, Bittersweet, Browntrout, Carol’s Cookies, Dark Matter, David Burke’s Primehouse, Floriole, Fountainhead, Hopleaf, Katherine Anne Confections, Pecking Order, Province, SmallBar Division, Smoque, Spacca Napoli, Takito Kitchen and more!

All proceeds from the “Cooking Up a Cure” event will support ongoing research and funding for scleroderma. For more information about the event visit: http://www.cookingupacurechicago.com/

Individual tickets are $125 ($95 early-bird through September 30) and VIP table seating is available for $150 per ticket. Guests may purchase tables of four, six, eight and ten. To purchase tickets, please visit: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/450436

Salvage One

1840 W. Hubbard St.

Chicago, IL 60622